Shire Senior Auditor in Dublin, Ireland

Job Summary

Company Overview

Shire is the world’s leading biotechnology company focused on serving patients with rare diseases and specialized conditions. We are looking for experienced and future focused auditors to join the growing International Audit function based in Shire’s new offices in Baggot Street, Dublin. If you are an ambitious audit professional, looking for opportunities to learn and grow your career, but most importantly, an opportunity to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world, we invite you to take the next step on your career journey with us.

Primary Role

Following the acquisition of Baxalta, Shire is growing the Global Internal Audit (GIA) function. This is an exciting time in the development of the company and an opportunity to join the International Audit function at an early stage of its development.. Shire’s Global Internal Audit (GIA) function plays a valuable role in protecting and enhancing the organization’s value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insights. The function is guided by a disciplined, collaborative approach that is aligned with Shire’s strategy and the IIA standards with a focus on constant innovation and talent development.

The International team is responsible for providing audit services to Shire’s operations outside of the U.S., comprising over 100 countries.

Reporting to the Internal Audit Manager, the Senior Internal Auditor will be responsible for participate in the executingon of financial, operational, and compliance audits, both domesticdomestically and abroadinternationally. The Senior Internal Auditor will also plan and execute SOX testing of key financial cycles and provide support for other department activities and initiatives as required.

Given the extent of the department’s interactions with the business and other functions, excellent communication and relationship building skills are required together with the ability to deal with ambiguity and exercise critical thinking to effectively influence business management and peers while acting as a catalyst for positive change. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing your career.

Essential Functions


  • Audit Planning, Execution & Reporting (60%)

  • Assist the GIA management team in performing all aspects (planning, fieldwork, reporting) of internal audits of an assigned location, function, or 3rd party with the objective of identifying risks and evaluating the effectiveness of internal controls across multiple control domains (financial, operational, compliance, IT, etc.). In addition, assess the efficiency of operations and compliance with corporate policies and procedures, and laws and regulations by developing and executing complex audit work programs.

  • Provide management with valuable recommendations and insights to strengthen the control environment.

  • SOX (25%)

  • Independently plan and execute SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404) testing of key financial cycles.

  • Coordinate work as necessary with our external financial auditors.

  • Other (15%)

  • Assist in key departmental process improvement initiatives, including internal quality assurance, and assist with audit issue trend analysis and reporting.

  • Assist in special projects, including consulting on controls design and operation.

  • Assist with preparation of quarterly Audit Committee presentations.

Maintain the highest standards of professionalism and independence in the execution of duties.

Education & Experience Requirements


  • Typically 3 or more years of progressive audit experience required (internal audit and / or public accounting)

  • Bachelor degree in Accounting or Finance


  • Big 4 experience

  • Professional qualification in accounting or auditing, such as ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CIA,CPA (or equivalent certification)

  • Experience with the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act

  • International work experience

  • Pharmaceutical industry experience, including auditing business integrity compliance (e.g. anti-bribery)

  • 3rd party (e.g. distributors, suppliers) audit experience is a plus

  • Experience in data analytics

  • Knowledge of SAP

  • Foreign language skills

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrate the leadership behaviors that are a fundamental expectation for all Shire employees. Shire expects all employees to embody the following Leadership Behaviors:

  • Be Positive

  • Be Accountable

  • Be Results Oriented

  • Be An Excellent Manager of Self and Others

  • Driven individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Strong ability to develop and foster positive working relationships with business and corporate staff from various cultures

  • Excellent written communication skills including the ability to summarize audit issues, risks, insights, and recommendations

  • Highly proficient in understanding processes, risks, and controls across multiple disciplines (financial, operational, compliance, IT, etc.)

  • Strong organizational and project management skills with a proven ability to think strategically, work independently, and deliver on complex projects

  • Ability to effectively manage ambiguity

  • Proven ability to deliver quality deliverables on multiple audit projects or work streams simultaneously

Other Job Components

Complexity and Problem Solving

Provide valuable insights to enhance the control environment by critically analyzing complex risks and issues identified in audits or other engagements, and determining their significance and impact on the business or function. Use cumulative knowledge, experience, and research to implement best practices within the department.

Internal and External Contacts

The Senior Internal Auditor liaises on a regular basis with senior line and corporate managers anywhere in the world Shire operates, providing proactive counsel, insights, and advice on risk and control matters. The Senior Internal Auditor also interacts with 3rd party vendor management as part of audits. Additionally, the Senior Internal Auditor coordinates with co-source audit providers and their personnel worldwide as well as with our external auditors.

Other Requirements

Willing to travel up to 40%, domestically and internationally to anywhere Shire has operations, including where distribution partners and other third parties act on our behalf. International travel is usually limited in duration to two weeks per assignment.

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Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.